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Sister Henrik: the Rangers year in review


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miEnVBcCcbEKfs2NJOWeu6Q.jpgPRESEASON OUTLOOK: After an epic postseason where they made the cup finals and lost in five games to the Kings, the Rangers were hoping that they would not have a hangover this year and would build upon their breakout season.


FINAL RECORD: 53-22-7 113 points division winner. Lost in conference final in 7 games.


HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR: So many, the team went on a month long tear from December 8th thru January 10th going 13-1 and outscoring their opponents 51-22 during that stretch, among the most dominating stretches of any team in the game all year to lay claim to being one of the games best teams.


LOW POINT: They did start slow, the hangover effect in force until they shook it off. When they lost to the Wings 3-2 on December 6th they fell to 11-14 before the hot streak established them as a team to be reckoned with.


WHAT WENT RIGHT: Starting in net and working out,  Lundquist and Talbot were a force, both putting up dominating stretches at times and giving the Rangers an elite one two punch. Ryan Mcdonough established himself as a top tier d-man, Keith Yandle came over at the deadline to provide an offensive spark from the back end, mzkmDfmXW6UCfxNQ6KAQ2Pg.jpg Marc Staal was steady, Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi provided a pair of shot blockers extraordinaire.

 Forwards, Nash had 42 goals, Brassard and Stepan showed themselves to be a pair of solid young centers, Kreider scores and hits everything, Zuccarello plays with heart and intensity, and Marty St. Louis ages like a fine wine.Carl Hagelin provided 17 goals, rookies Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller established themselves as key cogs.




Dan Boyle looked to be a poor signing, not really fitting the Rangers game, not staying healthy and looking slow. Lundquist showed his huge talent but missed 36 games to two separate injuries.

But the postseason, Rick Nash struggled again, only 5 goals in 19 games. St. Louis only one score, Hagelin only one, Marc Staal 1 point and a minus 8. The defense and Lundquist carried the team, it is not unfair to say the forwardsmRAu5e-GDHj3guRTSr_6i-A.jpg excepting Brassard went into a collective postseason slump that killed their run.


STRANGE STAT OF THE YEAR: Dan Boyle scored 10 points in 19 postseason games after scoring only 10 points in the final 35 regular season games.



Martin St. Louis

James Shepherd



The Rangers are very high on Oscar Lindberg, a nice center with upside who they envision as at least a top nine player. A couple of d-men, Conor Allen and Dylan MclRath with see time as injury replacements. Honestly, they may be a year or two before a rookie really makes a difference for this team.


OFFSEASON QUESTION MARKS: Can they bounce back from two consecutive deep runs and no cup? Is Lundquist breaking down? Do you trade Talbot to fill a hole while his value is high? What to do about the forwards who play so well in the regular season and then fold their tent come April and May?


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